Meep in Heavenly Peace wrote:Not buying the 'oops, our president is a moron' play by the war hawks for one second. They knew Trump is an idiot and they put the option in front of him, so the US military command bares responsibility for this IMO.
Dems are being pathetic again and refusing to condemn the current course of events. Honestly, if you sampled the mealy platitudes coming out of their mouths and mixed with those vomited out in the lead up to Iraq you would be hard pressed to tell which is which. As usual, Sanders proves himself to be the only Democratic candidate with an actual working spine by opposing military escalation.
The Dems know that if this escalates to full war they're going to look bad in a lot of Americans eyes if they're seen to be against the war.
Could Iran be goading America into being the side who declares war? Or are they just testing to see how far they can push Trump? The BBC noted that the time of the attacks would have ensured minimal casualties so it must have been a conscious decision on their part?
Iran don't want open war with the US (as literally no country wants), but they are both pressured into response by their posturing and will use US aggression to their advantage (in reducing US influence and involvement in the region) if they can